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Do You Need Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss?

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The day finally comes; you have hit your target weight. The years of diet and deprivation, the hours spent in the gym, have all paid off. You can now zip up those skin-tight jeans that have languished at the back of your wardrobe for years.

But then you take a closer look in the mirror and notice that, despite all your hard work, there are still some areas of your body that haven’t quite “bounced back” the way you had hoped. Your tummy is still slightly flabby, while your inner thighs and arms have loose skin. You then start to wonder: “Do I need plastic surgery after weight loss?”

That is a very common question that plastic surgeons hear all the time. Yet, the answer is not that simple or applicable to all cases. There are several factors that you should consider before undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss.

Before we dive into the details, it’s important to note that plastic surgery is not a “quick fix” for weight loss. If you are considering plastic surgery after weight loss, it is important that you have already reached your goal weight and are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY AFTER WEIGHT LOSS!

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED PLASTIC SURGERY?

The best way to find that out is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your case and let you know what procedures would be most effective in helping you achieve your desired results.

In general, patients who are good candidates for surgery after weight loss are:

  • Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight (100 kilos or more).
  • Patients who have reached their desired weight and that remains stable.
  • Patients who have loose skin around their midsection, thighs, arms, or other areas of their body.
  • Patients who are healthy enough to undergo surgery and have realistic expectations for the final results.

If you meet the above criteria, then plastic surgery after weight loss may be right for you.

Dr. Stavrou often recommends a combination of procedures to his patients, depending on their individual needs and goals. For example, a patient may undergo a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, as well as a breast lift to improve the appearance of sagging breasts. Another common combination is arm lift (brachioplasty) and thigh lift (thighplasty), which can help patients achieve a more toned and sculpted appearance.

BODY CONTOURING PROCEDURES AFTER WEIGHT LOSS

Losing a significant amount of weight is an amazing accomplishment that typically leads to improved physical and emotional health. However, weight loss can often leave patients with unwanted changes to their body shape. Excess skin can hang off the body in folds, making it difficult to maintain good hygiene and increasing the risk of skin irritation and infections. In addition, this excess skin might make it difficult for patients to stay active and participate in activities they enjoy.

Body contouring surgery can help address these concerns by removing excess skin and improving the overall shape and tone of the body. After significant weight loss, patients need to keep their weight stable for some time before opting for body contouring, so that the skin has time to adjust to the new body size. Here are some of the most common body contouring procedures performed after weight loss:

tummy tuck

While weight loss can be very beneficial for overall health, it can also lead to loose skin and stretched-out abdominal muscles. That’s why tummy tuck procedures are very popular among people who have lost significant body weight.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) helps flatten and tighten the stomach. The surgeon makes a large incision around the navel that runs from hip to hip. The skin is then lifted up, and excess skin is removed. The surgeon may also tighten the abdominal muscles if these are stretched out. In some cases, the belly button may be repositioned to suit the new body shape better.

Nursing mothers and women who have had multiple pregnancies often struggle with saggy breasts. A breast lift, also called mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape saggy breasts. It gives women back the youthful and uplifted breast profile they once had and improves their self-image and quality of life. A breast lift can be combined with breast implants for patients who desire larger breasts.
arm lift

If you have undergone massive weight loss, you may have excess skin in your upper arms that hangs down and limits your ability to move your arms comfortably. In addition, this excess skin can harbor sweat and bacteria, leading to severe skin infections. Arm lift surgery can remove the excess skin in the area and help you regain the full range of motion in your arms.

If you are bothered by excess fat in your upper arms that does not respond to diet and exercise, arm liposuction can be performed in conjunction with an arm lift to help sculpt your arms for a more toned appearance.

After massive weight loss, many patients are left with loose, saggy skin on the thighs. This can be both aesthetically displeasing and physically uncomfortable. Thigh lift surgery can remove excess skin and fat from thighs, resulting in a tighter and more youthful appearance. The procedure is safe and effective and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

So, if you are struggling with excess skin and fat after weight loss, body contouring surgery may be right for you. These procedures can help you achieve the shape you desire and improve your quality of life.

Learn about the benefits of getting a blepharoplasty.

CONSULT WITH A TRUSTED PLASTIC SURGEON IN CYPRUS

If you are considering plastic surgery in Cyprus, it is essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience and many satisfied patients.

Dr. Demetris Stavrou is a leading plastic surgeon in Cyprus who has helped countless patients achieve their ideal body shape. He will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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WRITTEN BY

WRITTEN BY

Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Dr Stavrou is a board-certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon in Cyprus, Greece and Malta, with a keen interest in informing patients about the latest updates on reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

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